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# On this Day

Last year
The Battle of Dublin: It's 100 years since the Four Courts assault that launched the Civil War
Pro-Treaty forces hoped the attack would bring conflict to a close but historians say it prolonged hostilities.
All time
Zebo's wondrous flicker of skill feels inimitable eight years on
At 22, the Corkman looked set to grace international fields for a decade, but almost four years have passed since his last cap.
On this day in 1972, one of the greatest defenders of his generation was born
Jaap Stam enjoyed a superb career at club and international level.
On this day in 2002, Middlesbrough smashed their club transfer record for an Italian striker
Massimo Maccarone arrived from Empoli for £8.15m.
On this day in 2010, this future club captain joined Arsenal for £10m
Thomas Vermaelen completed the move from Ajax to Arsenal.
The jaw, the mettle and the choke? 10 years on from Leinster's dramatic win over Clermont
Brock James performance was plagued by inconsistency, but the ‘choke’ label doesn’t sit well..
Today marks 70 years since Ireland became a republic
This meant that Ireland left the Commonwealth, and formally ended the statutory role of the British monarchy in Ireland.
RTÉ dug up this clip of Pierce Brosnan apologising to Irish people for the dodgy accents in Remington Steele
What a throwback.
Dispelling the myths about the bombing of Nelson's Pillar
No, it wasn’t blown up by the IRA… And no – the Defence Forces didn’t make a hames of clearing the site.
15 thoughts everyone has while scrolling through their cringey Facebook On This Day
Regrets, I have a few…
'Heaps of wounded and dead. Showers of dust and earth and lead. Deafening explosions and blinding smoke'
More than 3,500 Irish soldiers perished in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.
50 years later and the Nelson's Pillar bomber says he has no regrets
Liam Sutcliffe planted the bomb which destroyed the monument half a century ago.
This is how you can turn off Facebook's On This Day reminders
There is no official way to turn them off, but there is a workaround.
Mortifying, embarrassing, shameful: My history in Facebook On This Day memories
Or why On This Day can HEAD OFF for itself.
Here's how you can prevent awkward Facebook run-ins with your ex
Facebook’s On This Day feature has a few filters you can
Here's how Facebook is about to prevent awkward run-ins with your ex
Nice one, Facebook.
"Clawing at the earth, swelling as if with its regurgitation of all the life that it had consumed"
It’s 70 years to the day since the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
It has been 70 years since 70,000 people were killed in less than a minute
New scientific research has looked at the long-term impact that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings have had.
There's a campaign to have a US military ship named after an Irishman from Ballyhaunis
On this day in 1966, Gallagher threw himself on top of a grenade in order to save his comrades.
CNN and Sky News would have loved the Flying Enterprise saga... It was the 'Chilean Mine Rescue' of its time
The story of the stricken cargo ship and its hero captain had people flocking to cinemas to catch the latest newsreels. The saga kept the world gripped for 14 days.
QUIZ: These major news events all happened around Christmas ... But in what year?
How well do you know your news? And how far back?
Waterford gift shop has the most Irish 'on this day' trivia sign ever
It’s all we need to know, to be fair.
Photos: On this day in 1966 Nelson’s Pillar in O’Connell Street was blown up
At approximately 1.30am on 8 March a bomb exploded on Dublin’s main thoroughfare.
Photos: On this day in 1993 a bomb exploded at the World Trade Center New York
A car bomb exploded underneath car park killing six people and injuring many more.
18 years ago: Northern Ireland as the IRA ceasefire began
The Troubles were far from over on 1 September 1994, but for the first time in many decades, the people of Northern Ireland seemed optimistic about peace.
On this weekend in GAA history...
Tipperary footballers had their finest hour, the point was invented and so was a Kerry legend.
Action Replay: the day America's amateurs pulled off a sporting miracle
On 22 Feburary 1980 – 32 years ago today – America won an unlikely ice hockey gold at the Winter Olympics. This is the story of “the Miracle on Ice”.
In pictures: The 20th anniversary of X Case protests
In February 1992 the case of a 14-year-old rape victim who wanted an abortion sparked off waves of demonstrations around the country. These photos from the time give an idea of just how divisive and emotive the case became.
On this date: Challenger space shuttle explodes after take-off
It was on this day in 1986 that the space shuttle exploded just 73 seconds into its launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. All seven crewmembers were killed.
Action Replay: the day Big Jack and the boys went giantkilling in Giants Stadium
Ireland take on Italy in Liège tonight – but how much can you remember about what was going on in the world on 18 June 1994?